Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, announces the soft opening of Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa as of 7 May 2013.
Jumeirah’s first hotel in the Gulf region outside the United Arab Emirates is situated along the shores of the Arabian Gulf, close to Kuwait City’s business and financial centre and only 10 minutes drive from Kuwait International Airport. The hotel was designed by architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill from New York to create a truly luxurious destination in Kuwait that merges the latest in design and technology with the heritage and culture of the region.
Jumeirah Group President and CEO Gerald Lawless said: “The opening of Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa is a landmark event. We are proud to be bringing our brand to Kuwait and would like to thank the management of the hotel’s owning company Al Aziziah for giving us the opportunity to operate this remarkable property. I believe that the quality of the hotel and the services delivered by our colleagues under the leadership of the General Manager Mark Griffiths will offer the people of Kuwait and visitors from around the world a true taste of Jumeirah’s unique brand of hospitality.”
The luxury beachfront development is made up of 408 guest rooms, including 316 rooms and suites, 80 residential suites and 12 villas that provide an unhampered view of the hotel gardens. All rooms range from 40 to 60m², suites from 80 to 360m² and villas from 350 to 450m².
Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa is inspired by its location. Messilah, derived from the word ‘Massiyalah’, denotes a low-lying area where waters merge and flow into the sea. Water is a recurring theme throughout the hotel’s design. Water features flow from the central lobby and throughout the building to connect with streams, channels and fountains in the gardens. Water is also reflected in a series of striking sculptures, the interior design of the hotel and the Talise Spa, which covers 3,500m² and includes 17 treatment rooms and two private suites. In addition, Talise Spa has the Salt Room – an exclusive treatment in the Middle East where salt blocks from the Himalayas are used for rejuvenation, relaxation and wellbeing.
Another key design feature is the use of traditional Kuwaiti oriel windows of Mashrabiya design which can be found around the hotel. Mashrabiya screens are also fitted in the bedrooms and can be pulled across the windows to provide privacy and shade from the sun.
Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa has six restaurants, along with a selection of cafes and lounges. These include a signature seafood restaurant and a premium steakhouse, a chic Italian restaurant and an all-day dining concept, an Arabic café lounge with a terrace overlooking the hotel entrance and an elegant tea lounge. Other outlets include the Club Executive, a health and wellness restaurant next to the Talise Spa and a beachfront café for healthy snacks and views of the Arabian Gulf.
Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa is perfectly equipped for conferences, weddings and banquets. The centerpiece is the ‘Badriah’ – the largest-ever ballroom in Kuwait – a vast, purpose-built 1,950m² ballroom and wedding hall, with a private bridal suite. In addition, two meeting halls – the Messilah ballrooms 1 & 2 – measuring 405m² each, can flexibly provide five break-out rooms for meetings and exhibition space. Furthermore, Dewan, comprising five break-out rooms of 75m² each, provides the perfect venue for board meetings or intimate social events.
The hotel offers a wide range of leisure activities including a floodlit tennis court, two swimming pools, 200m of private beach, a Sinbad’s Kids Club that offers a wide variety of supervised activities for children under the age of six and the Scene Teens Club for guests between ages 7 and 14 with indoor and outdoor games, a private cinema and trained staff to supervise children of all ages.